Tag: shop update

Shop Launch Day Coming and the Etsy Spring Market!

I finally picked a day! The launch day for the Tooaquarius shop will be Saturday May 27 around noon MST. I’ll have a bunch of my Etsy catalogue up there including some stuff that has gone inactive on Etsy, offered at a discount. There’s a few brand new beads and canes that will debut on my site shop before getting listed on Etsy a few days later. And I’ll list some of my regular finished items on my site before offering a few on Etsy. Maybe a piece of ceramics or two. Phew! I’m excited!

I also fully expect the whole thing to be a mess because shipping settings and localization settings and all the other fun toys that I’m going to try out on Shopify! I did finally figure out the proper subdomain settings so the shop is now at https://shop.tooaquarius.com and I’ll be tinkering with themes to get the blog site and the shop site closer to each other in appearance. But it’ll be a mess.

Since I’m used to having an open shop it’ll probably just stay open with my regular inventory in it and then get occasional new product drops. We’ll see how balancing Etsy inventory and shop inventory goes since I don’t yet want to sync the two.

The week after I’ll be in Saskatoon – June 4th! – for the Etsy SK Spring Market. Last year was a most excellent market day and I hope the weather is decent and we repeat that whole success. We will be at the same spot, just off Broadway Ave on 11th street E. You can spread the good word on Facebook with our event page.

There’s a Shop Now and New Year’s Updates

I’ve gone and done it. The latest incarnation of my web site shop is going to be a Shopify one. I’m sticking it in as a subdomain or a linked outside page (whatever I get to work). It’s going to be a bit different looking than the primary site but I’ll nerd that one out over time.

The plan is to release new items to my own site first then the remains to Etsy. And my non cane, non bead art will be on my personal site (that’s this one!). I love Etsy and will continue using them but they are becoming as expensive and tedious to use as other options and they’re no longer the friendly fluffy folks I joined up with. Which is FINE. It’s work. It does make for less guilt in exploring other options 🙂

So, check out the shop, let me know if you find weird glitches or if there’s stuff you KNOW I make but isn’t listed, yet. And, as always, thanks so much for being fans of the stuff I make!

Other notes: I’ll be removing some of the hard core discounts Etsy sort of forces vendors into, most notably the free shipping for US orders over $35. Etsy is going to ding me for it but this way I can keep from bumping prices up nearly as much and continue to do occasional sales for everyone.

The First Shop Update is Coming

In the spirit of trying to organize better in 2022 I’m going to move to a monthly shop update type schedule. I’ll still refill items in my shops as they sell out, if I still have stock, but I’ll be saving fresh batches and the general release of new work until the shop updates. The May one is going to be a small update of new work, new batches of sold out designs, updated photos of existing work and other mayhem. June will be a bunch of new houseplant, cats, and bird canes and beads. July will be, at least, the soft release of the fall season handmade supplies such as the first round of Halloween goodies.

It’ll be a way to batch all the parts of shop upkeep I keep putting off and doing randomly like photo taking, listing updates, social media updates, and just MAKING stuff.

All that said the first one will be May 14th, the Saturday after Mother’s Day! I’ll have fresh batches of cardinal beads, monarch butterfly canes, the new setup for my cane samplers, the latest version of my blackbird beads, some new jewellery… and a variety of other small refills and updates. This first update will just be in my Etsy shops but hopefully, in the future, I’ll get to adding to my site first and then my Etsy shops the next day.